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Alan Bersten Wants to Bring Back ‘Dancing with the Stars Juniors’

Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten on 'Dancing With the Stars'Photo by: ABC/Eric McCandless

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Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Alan Bersten posted a dance video with his niece earlier this week, and he shared his hope that the Juniors version of the show would come back. The spin-off aired for one season in 2018. Could it come back with the show’s upcoming move to Disney+?

Alan Bersten Wants ‘Dancing with the Stars Juniors’ Back

“This is me saying we need to bring [Dancing with the Stars] juniors back!!!!” Alan wrote to accompany a clip of him dancing with his niece Isabella, who shows off some awesome ballroom moves.

Isabella is the daughter of Bersten’s brother Gene, who is also a ballroom dancer. In fact, Gene and Isabella auditioned for America’s Got Talent together last year. Isabella would be a great choice as a pro if Juniors actually did return.

In case you missed it, DWTS: Juniors was a spin-off of the long-running talent show featuring celebrity children paired with junior ballroom dancers. Adult dancers also served as mentors to the contestants. The show aired for one season in 2018, featuring such stars as Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and Tripp Johnston Palin.

The season was won by skateboarder Sky Brown and her partner JT Church. Alan Bersten happened to be their coach, so it’s no surprise he wants the show to return.



This is me saying we need to bring @Dancing with the Stars #DWTS juniors back!!!! @genebersten

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Could the Show Return on Disney+?

Dancing with the Stars will be moving from its former home on ABC to the streaming service Disney+ later this year. With a new network, could the show possibly bring back the Juniors format?

We have nothing to go on other than Bersten’s social media post, but it does feel like something that could work on Disney+. After all, so much of the platform’s programming is geared toward younger viewers.

Bersten has said he’s “excited” about the show’s move, adding, “We get another opportunity to do what we love. I love Dancing With the Stars so much. I don’t care where it is. ‘Disney’ week on our show is such a major week, so this all fits.”

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